Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth, 25, had to go up against his younger brother Liam for the part of Thor.
Hemsworth has caused an industry stir by scoring roles in two blockbusters, the upcoming Thor (a.k.a The Mighty Thor) and Star Trek, where he played Captain Kirkâ€™s father.
Hemsworthâ€™s appearances in local TV series Home and Away were still being recorded as recently as this year. The series has been a launch pad into Hollywood for several Australians.
The Thor role, however, only came after James Bond star Daniel Craig, pictured, knocked it back.
Another Hemsworth brother, Luke, is also an actor, known in Australia for such TV drama series as Neighbours and All Saints.
Chris Hemsworth moved to Los Angeles just two years ago and was reported to be living in the guesthouse of his Hollywood agent, William Ward.
Marvel Studios recently announced that 25-year-old Chris Hemsworth will play the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor in director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming comic book adaptation Thor, set to be released in 2011. The blue-eyed actor definitely has all the looks to play the hunky god of thunder, but here’s where you know him from and other things you should know about this Australian heartthrob.
1. He plays Chris Pine’s dad in Star Trek
He’s three years younger than Pine, who plays Capt. James T. Kirk, but Hemsworth captivated audiences in his small but memorable role as James’s father, George Kirk, in the latest remake of Star Trek.
2. He’s a former soap star
Hemsworth’s big acting break came when he played the high school principal’s son, Kim Hyde, in the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. That set is where he met Isabel Lucas, 24 â€“ his character’s love interest who eventually became his real-life girlfriend. But no worries ladies, he’s back on the market. In April he told the hosts of Australia’s The Morning Show, “I’m single at the moment.”
3. He competed in Australia’s Dancing with the Stars
In 2005, he appeared on the fifth season of Australia’s DWTS with dancing partner Abbey Ross. Unfortunately, he and Ross failed to take home the trophy, and were the sixth couple eliminated.
4. He’s stepping into Patrick Swayze’s shoes
Hemsworth will take on the lead role of Jed Eckert, originally played by Swayze in 1984, in the remake of the war film Red Dawn.
5. His brother is Miley Cyrus’s future love interest
Acting evidently runs in the Hemsworth family. Chris’s younger brother, Liam, will star opposite Cyrus in the upcoming film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s novel The Last Song. His older brother Luke is also an actor.
Former Home and Away star Chris Hemsworth has learned quickly the up-and-down nature of work in Hollywood.
Hemsworth, who stars in the new Star Trek film alongside Eric Bana, was suddenly hot stuff when he arrived in LA two years ago.
“When I first arrived in LA, I shot three films in the first year,” he told GQ magazine.
“Then I had nothing for seven months.
“I started learning muay thai (kickboxing) and it was great – my trainer has become like my Yoda.”
Despite landing a key role as Captain Kirk’s father George in one of the year’s most anticipated releases, Hemsworth said he was not a sci-fi fanatic.
“I’m fully aware of what Star Trek means to its dedicated fans,” he said.
“I’ve always appreciated the TV series, but I have never been to a fan convention or anything.”
The Phillip Island lad said his biggest indulgence was surfboards.
“I constantly convince myself I need new boards,” he said. “It’s not too bad as a weakness, I guess; after all, it could be drugs.”